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Before Your Defense

The Defense Process

Each graduate program has its own protocol for scheduling and conducting the defense of theses and dissertations. Ensure that you know your department’s procedures and that you follow them.

Required Documentation for Enrolled Student Services

In ALL cases, you MUST notify Enrolled Services of the date, time, location and other details of your defense at least 10 days prior to your defense. To do that, complete the online form that will add your defense to the defense calendar. Submitting that form will generate an email to Enrolled Services, and that email will serve as your official written notification. 

After Your Defense

Meeting the Deadline

Your defense must be conducted by the final filing deadline for the GS7M (master’s candidates) or GS7D (doctoral candidates) form. Be sure to check the Current Student Deadlines chart for more information. Be aware that scheduling your defense on or very near the deadline will leave you little or no time to make committee-required revisions to your manuscript and will likely result in delaying your graduation. Schedule your defense as early as you can, but at least several days before the final deadline.

Required GS7 Form

After you have successfully defended, your committee will do one of three things:

  1. Sign your GS7M or GS7D form;
  2. Require you to make some revisions to your manuscript, THEN sign the GS7M or GS7D; or
  3. Require you to make some committee-required revisions to your manuscript AND complete the manuscript review by the Graduate School, THEN sign your GS7M or GS7D.

Any of these options is fine as long as the manuscript review process is completed AND your GS7M or GS7D is submitted before the final deadline.

The Next Step

After you have made any committee-required revisions and have compared your manuscript to the Final ETD Checklist, you’ll proceed to the CONVERT stage to create your PDF for publication.

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